Handling Cases Such As: Class B Felony - Drug Trafficking; Class C Felony - Attempt to Manufacture a Controlled Substance; Class D Felony - Domestic Assault; Class D Felony - Unlawful Possession of a Firearm; Class D Felony - Tampering; Class E Felony - Unlawful Use of a Weapon; Class A Misdemeanor - Violation of Order of Protection; Class B Misdemeanor - Property Damage; Probation Violation Hearings, etc.
Understand Your Rights
If you have been charged with a crime, it is critical that you understand your rights and exercise those rights properly. Sometimes, innocent people go to jail for crimes they did not commit. Any statements you make may be misunderstood and may incriminate you. Have your attorney with you when you speak with law enforcement.
In Missouri, a misdemeanor may be punishable by fine and by up to one year in county jail (depending on the crime). Judges at the associate circuit court level typically hear such cases. Do not think a judge will give you leeway if you represent yourself in court. That would be a mistake. Every criminal charge should be taken seriously. Obtain legal counsel.
In Missouri, a person charged with a felony must either be indicted by a grand jury or must have an opportunity for a preliminary hearing. During a preliminary hearing, the State attempts to convince a judge probable cause exists that a felony has been committed and the defendant is the person who committed it. If the judge finds such probable cause, the case will be "bound over" to the circuit court level.